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Another response to tracing

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Sun, 19 Dec 1999 20:28:19 EST

Well, well.
I have enjoyed reading these replies to tracing. I am an elementary art
teacher--however-- not one of those who thinks that tracing is bad for the
child. I observe children work in a variety of ways, and evaluate the
progress made by my students.
I will try a variety of techniques to get each student to reach for the BEST
they can do, and if that involves tracing something, so be it--as a learning
technique--to get the child accustomed to accomplish a task, and not in every
situation, either. If any of you are familiar with the work of Mona Brooks'
Monart Drawing Method, as written in DRAWING WITH CHILDREN, she uses a
technique in which children draw by looking at objects, then learn ways in
which they can trace their own drawings as they learn to reposition their
work on paper or correct what the CHILD perceives as something on which they
have made a mistake. Children will often decide they no longer "like" their
drawing if there are lines of erasures on them, and rather than see that
frustration, I encourage them to consider the use of a natural light window
to redo their own work. They make the decision. They make the call. It is
just another technique in which they gain experience in drawing. Sometimes
it works, and sometimes, not--but I owe it to my students to find out a
variety of ways in which to teach them what they need to know.....

All the best,

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